Fifth Time Lucky For Peschke & Srebotnik
Published October 08, 2011 12:00
BEIJING, China - They had come close - a 63 53 lead one time, match point another time - but Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik finally figured Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta out Saturday night, beating them for the first time in five career meetings to win the prestigious China Open.
As the top seeds, Peschke and Srebotnik would have been the big favorites against just about anyone in the final, but their 0-4 head-to-head record against Dulko and Pennetta was daunting - all of those losses came in 2010, including in the finals of Stuttgart (where they missed out on that 63 53 lead) and Montreal (where they had match point at 10-9 in a match tie-break).
"So many times against them we were really, really near, we even had match point in Montreal," Peschke said of the rivalry. "It was always a tough battle until the very last point but we always thought we were very close."
"They're a great team," Srebotnik added. "When we lost to them last year we just tried to take the positives out of it. Every match we were right there - each one could have gone either way. We knew it would turn eventually."
It was fifth time lucky though, as Peschke and Srebotnik got the lone break of the first set on the Dulko serve and rallied from 4-2 down in the second for a 63 64 championship win over the No.3-seeded Argentine-Italian pairing.
"It's hard to define which exact things helped us win the match. Because of the scoring system, a lot of it depends on luck - it's not always the best team who wins," Srebotnik said. "It's all about the right points at the right moments. You cannot win them all - you just hope to win the ones at the right moments."
"We're happy we could close them out," Peschke added. "It feels really good. We knew we could do it. We're definitely going to celebrate this victory!"
"Today they played well but we came out as the winners," Srebotnik said.
Peschke and Srebotnik now have six WTA doubles titles this season, having already won Auckland, Doha, Eastbourne, Wimbledon and Carlsbad.
"Especially after the injuries we suffered in New Haven and all the way through the US Open, it's very nice to make it to a final and win it," Srebotnik said. "And this is a very big tournament, so it feels great. It's a very important win for us."
The Czech-Slovenian pair will next play Moscow before heading to Istanbul.
Dulko and Pennetta had snapped the two-tournament winning streak of No.2 seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in the semifinals. Huber and Raymond had won the US Open and Tokyo, their second and third WTA doubles titles of the year after having won Toronto as well. Huber is ranked No.1 in doubles.